Portugal's Madeira Island is a gorgeous destination should you be
looking for a winter getaway. Funchal especially does not do the
festive season half heartedly, with the streets strung with
Christmas Lights and festive music playing all culminating in the
extraordinary pyrotechnics on New Years Eve.
There is much to do here, including hiking, sailing, canyoning, scuba diving, levadas walking in the mountains, golf, whale and dolphin watching, markets and museums. So if it's adventure or relaxation you are looking for, Madeira will have you covered.
For some great views, jump on the Funchal cable car, the trip up to Monte take about 15 minutes, while you are up there you can go and wander through Monte Palace Tropical Gardens
Pretty much everyone will be gathering in
Funchal, Madeira Island, famed for its New Years Eve fireworks
display (it's in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest
fireworks show in the world!).
For the best views try and position yourself in and around the marina area or book yourself onto one of the boat/catamaran trips for an extra special view of the fireworks with the city in the background. You can also venture to Santa Catarina Park or the Football ground for a good vantage point.
One thing is for certain, if you are in Madeira you will not want to miss the fireworks, it's epic!
There's music, food stands and lots of festive fun as people prepare to welcome the new year in this glorious location. The streets are bursting with colourful lights making this a memorable place to have a happy new year.
The bay will have big cruise ships all positioned perfectly for the massive fireworks display.
Many restaurants and hotels have their own New Years Eve events on, so please check to see if they have availability. Perhaps a nice restaurant next to the marina so you've got good food and a great view over the bay. (Some hotels also offers its guests a bus service to firework vantage points - check with your own hotel if this is a service they provide)
Enjoy some delicious dining options in Madeira including:
Leeno's Bar & Restaurant
Armazem do Sal
Found this live webcam of Funchal
Have the perfect stay in Madeira in one of the many hotels across
Hotel The Cliff Bay
Quinta da Casa Branca
Belmond Reid's Palace
Porto Santa Maria Hotel
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.